Discovery University Winter 2018 Application

The Ottawa Mission and its partner agencies are very excited to present three free university-level courses for the Winter 2018 Term. The courses for Winter 2018 are:

Description of “Introduction to Leadership Studies”: 

Leadership affects everyone. It is present in all our lives. In this class, students will explore different ways of understanding leadership. James McGregor Burns first published his major text Leadership in 1978, and since that time, the field of Leadership Studies has become a discipline of its own. With over 250 Leadership Studies in the US and half a dozen in Canada, the study of leadership has become a vibrant and ever evolving field of study. Students will look at different ways to approach the study of leadership and explore its relational, transformational, situational, social identity, collective, charismatic, emotional and ethical dimensions. A lecture format will be used with video clips to highlight issues, and class discussion to deepen the understanding of leadership and what styles and approaches make it effective. Real-life situations will be drawn upon of different leaders in order to excavate different theories of leadership and examine some of the challenges of being a “leader”. Leadership will also be thought about and how it is practiced in different settings and in everyday life.  Discussions around toxic leadership as well as examining the role of emotions in leading will take place. A dialogical approach will be used in which students are provided with a space to share, and are invited to contribute to knowledge discovery by bringing their experiences and ideas to bear on the subject under discussion.

Description of “The Psychology of Performance”:

Psychology can help us understand how high-level performers reach the top of their profession. This course considers how psychological factors influence outcomes across sport, exercise, and other performance environments. A focus is placed on understanding how successful performers create conditions that bring themselves closer to realizing their potential. Topics include self-confidence, goal-setting, imagery, arousal regulation, coaching and leadership, and team dynamics. We’ll also examine the psychological characteristics of peak performance, how athletes experience and recover from injuries, and how participation influences physical and mental health. Readings will strike a balance between theory, research, and application. After completing the course, students will leave with a deeper understanding of performance excellence.

Description of “Letters from Winters of Yesteryear”

This special winter course will provide students an opportunity to be exposed to some important speeches/deeds/actions of major public figures. Students – as equal partners with the professor – will have a rare occasion to think and talk about the impact those figures have had on our lives. In order to succeed, each student will have to:

  • Read each week a short text on one of the eight selected figures;
  • Analyse the main facts about the person’s life, his/her accomplishments and the relevance he/she has nowadays on our perceptions, behaviours or thoughts;

Think about the potential choices offered to all concerned to solve the mystery of their aura, gauge the conflict opposing those who believe and those who do not that each one of the personalities’ relevance is of the outmost importance, to share with other participants some ideas that are raised publicly (and some that are not raised) about these 8 major figures of our times.


Discovery University Application

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    NOTE: All fields are mandatory. Incomplete applications will impact your eligibility into the program. Classes will commence January 26, 2018 and end on March 30, 2018
     
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  • If you have no permanent address, please list the agency where you are staying, or where you can be contacted, or by whom.
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  • For statistical purposes, we are collecting data on our students' sources of income. If you are willing to share this information, please state your source of income in the space provided. (e.g. Ontario Works, ODSP, pension, etc.).
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  • WRITTEN STATEMENT


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  • Please write one or two paragraphs explaining why you would like to be a student in the Fall 2017 term. Please note that this writing will be used to evaluate your literacy level as well your enthusiasm for the course material. Both first time and repeat students are required to submit a written statement. If interested in the Digital Photography class, please state whether you have a camera of your own or would require a loan of equipment.
  • PROFESSIONAL REFERENCE


  • For new students, you must submit a professional reference. References must be a professional who knows you well, such as a counselor, agency supervisor, clergy, doctor or case worker. We understand that this information gives us permission to speak with your reference. Please let this person know that you have given us their name and permission to ask about you.
  • Completed applications must be returned no later than Friday January 19, 2018 to: Discovery University, The Ottawa Mission, 35 Waller St. Ottawa, ON K1N 7G4
    Tel: 613-914-4575 Fax: 613-234-2813
  • The organizations involved in planning this program are committed to protecting your privacy and maintaining your confidentiality. By signing you are giving consent to allow The Ottawa Mission to use the information collected, ie. your gender, age, education, source of income, and interests for statistical and evaluation purposes only. Any information that reveals parts of your identity will NOT be used.